SEBRING — When a Mother’s Day weekend festival called Girl’s Night Out Wine Walk was held last year, organizers were astounded at its success.
“We had 500 people there,” recalled Casey Wohl, an organizer. “I was surprised. We only had 275 wine glasses.”
While last year’s event only lasted three hours on a Friday night, this year’s event, called Girls Gone Wine, Wine and Culinary Festival, will be extended to Saturday and last that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, the Downtown Sebring Wine Walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
Although the festival is called Girls Gone Wine, Wohl said, men are welcome to attend. It also will include events for children and those who don’t drink.
In the year since the original festival was held, some concerns were raised about state licensing laws and city liability, as alcohol was involved.
Wohl said the required insurance has been obtained. And in regards to a wine and cheese tasting and culinary demonstration event at the Circle Theater on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a license was obtained because of the $25 cost for a ticket, she said.
“We’ll teach people how to do a tasting,” she said, adding that most people who go to such events swish the wine in their mouths as opposed to swallowing. Besides that, the event will include various demonstrations , including decorating cupcakes at 1 p.m. and a sushi roll demonstration at 3 p.m.
Wohl said she’s hoping the event this year will draw from last year’s success and be more successful with the expanded days.
One of the reasons the event was a success last year, she said, is that apparently people come to town Mother’s Day weekend and visit their families. Traditionally, there has not been a lot for those people to do, so the event helped fill the void, Wohl said.
The wine also was a factor in the success of the event, she said. More professionally done fliers and other promotional materials also helped, she said.
Saturday’s event will include food vendors and a performance from Landsharks Band at Circle Park. The band has played at Margaritaville and with Jimmy Buffet. Wohl said the band interacts well with the audience.
Other events Saturday include a Mommy and Me art class at Highlands Art League beginning at 10 a.m., and a Mommy/daughter fashion show presented by CB’s Formal Wear in Circle Park. at 10:15 a.m.